With busy work and school schedules, families are constantly finding themselves eating breakfast on the go (or skipping it altogether) because there simply isn’t enough time in the morning to sit down together and enjoy a meal. However, the benefits of eating breakfast are numerous. Currently the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) identifies the top four “nutrients of concern” of which America’s diets are lacking. Milk is the top source of three out of the four nutrients including calcium, vitamin D and potassium (the fourth nutrient of concern is fiber).
Guida's Dairy Diaries
Calcium is an important nutrient in the development of a child's life. According to Federal guidelines, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for a child from 1 to 3 years of age should ingest 700 mg, 4 to 8 years of age should ingest 1000 mg and older children should ingest 1300 mg of calcium per day until they are 18 years of age. (After that the RDA falls back to 1000 mg for the next 30 years). Here is a look at why calcium consumption is so important in a daily diet, as well as why milk is an excellent source.
As kids, most people heard phrases along the lines of "drink your milk so you'll grow big and strong!" While many people simply rolled their eyes and finished their milk so they could get to the good part (dessert!), the truth is that milk does provide valuable nutrients that kids need during their development.